Have you wrapped gifts yet? I usually do it Christmas Eve after the kids are asleep, so they wake up to a bounty of gifts under the tree. However, I was just thinking today how my mom used to do it over several days leading up to Christmas, so the pile grew gradually. I think that method heightened the anticipation for me, and it might be fun to do that for my kids. I’m just worried that they might peek. I did. At least once.
I am not a particularly talented or creative gift wrapper. I try to make it pretty, but it’s just not really my forte. So I’ve searched for some inspiration, and thought I’d share with you some of the cuter ideas I found.
This one from Country Living has to be one of my favorites. It’s a thrift store shirt wrapped around the box and embellished with a thrift store brooch! They don’t explain how to make it look that neat and tidy, though…I have a feeling the back of the box doesn’t look quite as nice. You could adapt this idea by using a square of fabric, and a brooch would make a pretty bit of bling on any gift.
Love this musically themed package! Country Living suggests enlarging sheet music of Jingle Bells and printing it on thick paper. I have also seen piano music books at thrift stores; a page could wrap a small gift.
One more from Country Living: using peppermints instead of styrofoam peanuts is tasty and pretty!
You know Martha can wrap! These beautiful packages are wrapped in potato chip bags! Carefully cut them open, wash with soap and water, dry, and wrap. Pretty and eco-friendly!
I really like the look of kraft paper as wrapping paper. It’s simple, but you can embellish it as much as you like with your choice of bows and toppers.
Family Fun suggests making “gift baxes” out of cereal boxes.
Also from Family Fun, some kid-friendly ideas for making gift bags out of lunch bags. It would be fun for your child to present his teacher’s gift in a bag he decorated himself.
Do you get creative with your gift wrapping, or are you more of a slap-it-together type? Hand-made bows, curling ribbon, or the ubiquitous stick-on bows that come in a bag of 50? (Not that there’s anything wrong with the stick-on bows!)
Later this week, I will attempt a tutorial on bow-making. If you want to try it, you’ll need wire-edged ribbon, and floral wire.